TheRomMistress

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TheRomMistress · Sep 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm · 7 comments

Effortlessly Download Gapps Packages with EasyGApps

Finding and downloading the correct Gapps package can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to flashing custom ROMs.  Goo.im and its corresponding Android application, GooManager, are great tools for the more experienced users who understand how to navigate its file system and how to read file names. For less advanced users, however, there may be difficulties navigating. By implementing the Android API WebViews, XDA Senior Member MBQ_ has created EasyGApps, a simple solution that directs users straight...

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TheRomMistress · Sep 3, 2013 at 05:00 pm · 12 comments

Google Announces Android 4.4 KitKat

For almost a year now, Android users have been speculating, and at one point even "confirmed," that the next Android version would be code named "Key Lime Pie." At Google I/O 2013, the Mountain View company alluded to the accuracy of those rumors by sharing a video presentation of a little Android eating some key lime pie. Today, nearly four months later, Google finally announced that its next release will not be code named after the tangy pie, but instead will...

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TheRomMistress · Sep 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm · 2 comments

Instantly Access Apps from Anywhere with SAO Launcher

XDA Senior Member Xlythe  brings a navigation system that works alongside your favorite launcher to give you instant access to text messaging, contacts, apps, and more. With a simple swipe in the direction of your choosing from any screen, SAO Launcher flows down the side of your screen to reveal five menu orbs that allow you to launch some of the most common Android features. The launcher allows you to place calls and send texts from within its user interface, and without...

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TheRomMistress · Aug 27, 2013 at 05:00 am · 2 comments

Samsung Opens Registration for Inaugural Developer Conference

Samsung officially began accepting registrations for its inaugural Developers Conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 27-29 in San Francisco. Although most of the 40+ topics have yet to be revealed, Samsung promises registrants the opportunity to "engage with industry leaders, collaborate with fellow developers, and learn about new Samsung tools and SDK's." Technical sessions and presentations by industry leaders will cover such topics as integrating NFC into your app, cross platform development, and how to implement an advanced user interface into your design....

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TheRomMistress · Aug 12, 2013 at 07:00 am · 11 comments

Security Vulnerability in Android Creates Bitcoin Fraud Threat

Despite previous claims by Bitcoin developers that its open-source wallet application provides "a strong level of protection against many types of fraud," developers announced Sunday that weaknesses within the Android operating system are responsible for rendering all Android wallets generated to date vulnerable to theft. The issue lies within the area of the OS that should be generating secure and random key codes, which is why the problem only affects wallets generated by Android applications. Some applications affected include Bitcoin Wallet, blockchain.info wallet, BitcoinSpinner, and Mycelium Wallet. Front-end applications...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 30, 2013 at 07:30 pm · 8 comments

Focal Added to CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightlies

Thanks to the hard work of CyanogenMod's development team, a slew of devices are now able to run Project Nemesis Phase 1: Focal. CyanogenMod developer Guillaume Lesniak (XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) announced July 29 that the new camera application was pushed to the official CyanogenMod repositories, and to CM-10.2 builds. Although possible to build Focal for CM-10.1, Lesniak said the team will not be supporting it due to their significant progress with 10.2. Even though Focal still has quite a few bugs to work out, the...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 29, 2013 at 12:00 am · 20 comments

CyanogenMod Team Introduces Nemesis Stage 1: Focal

Coinciding with the release of Android 4.3 and and an updated stock camera, stage one of the CyanogenMod team's top secret "Project Nemesis" was finally unveiled on July 26.  According to the development group's weekly wrap-up on www.cyanogenmod.org, the goal of this project is to bring users the best custom operating experience possible. As such, Focal, a feature-packed camera application, was announced as the first component geared towards reaching that goal. CyanogenMod developer Guillaume Lesniak (XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD) posted details about the...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 18, 2013 at 09:30 am · 2 comments

Stalk Your Friends with Contactive

In June, the XDA community was introduced to Contactive, a new type of caller ID program that works in conjunction with your address book and social media outlets. The introduction, however, was limited to those who frequent XDA's App Development Forums and easily overlooked by users searching for ways to improve their user experience. Although XDA Forum Member contactive_dave had little to say about the brilliant dialer replacement, there is much to say about its functionality. Contactive is a free application that works...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 18, 2013 at 04:30 am · 15 comments

Android 4.3 Leaked for the Google Nexus 4

Every year, Android users wait in anticipation for signs of leaked updates. The disappointment end users faced when Google delayed announcing Android 4.3 at Google I/O will soon be outweighed due to a leaked system dump by XDA Forum Member ManOnTheMoon. The dump is available as a Team Win Recovery Project backup for the Nexus 4. Android Police has been tracking the dump, and they verified the legitimacy of it at approximately late last evening, which was originally obtained by...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm · no comments

Google Updates its Google Maps Update

It didn't take long for Google to address several shortcomings with its July 10 Google Maps update. Although the update includes some exciting new features, which are described in an earlier posted article, it also lacked a few useful features that were in previous versions. This of course left some of the Android community with negative feedback and criticism. In response to those complaints, Google posted a public statement on its G+ account at approximately 1 a.m. PST, July 11. Through...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 11, 2013 at 04:30 am · 5 comments

Review of the New Google Maps

To the standard end user, this year's Google I/O  left much to be desired. The disappointment was mainly in the fact that Google failed to release the highly anticipated Android update, Key Lime Pie.  Instead, the annual developers conference, which was held the week of May 15, focused on developer tools and a rebuild of Google Maps. The "new Google Maps," as the Mountain View company calls it, is a major update that integrates Google Earth to create three-dimensional tours of...

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TheRomMistress · Oct 6, 2011 at 08:06 pm · 3,967 comments

BAN STERICSON! Dooo It!

Who is Stericson? For many of you, those words are unlikely to cross your lips, and in that case, you're probably wondering why we are devoting an article to his "unfortunate" ban. Before answering that question, I will touch on the aforementioned question of "Stericson Who?" Mr. Stephen Erickson, one of XDA's beloved Senior Moderators, is known throughout the community for many things, but in an effort to not bore you to death, I will keep this brief. His first project, Metamorph, started...

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TheRomMistress · Aug 10, 2011 at 09:00 am · 3,680 comments

Check Please!

"A penny saved is a penny earned"; what does that mean to you? For many, it is the difference between spending a few extra bucks on dinner with your friends or being able to pay next months rent. Watching your wallet and being a tightwad may seem uncouth, but lets face it, we all have to do it eventually. When you do manage to scrape up some extra cash to have dinner with your gang, the words "check please" will inevitably follow. This is...

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TheRomMistress · Aug 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm · 1 comment

Get A Comfortable Night’s Sleep With Night Clock

I am sure many of you, like myself, have thrown away your ordinary alarm clock and rely solely on your cell phone to kick start your day. This being the case, many times I awake in panic thinking my phone alarm has failed me and I have overslept. Does this situation sound familiar? What do you do when this happens? Most likely, you check your phone for for the time, and then double check the alarm to make sure it's set correctly. Between...

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TheRomMistress · Jul 7, 2011 at 03:00 pm · 1 comment

Monitor Your Tablet Applications With Tablet CPU Usage Monitor

Live wallpapers are a great way to awe your friends with your Android device. Unfortunately, due to the amount of resources they are thought to consume, live wallpapers are not really an everyday solution. The question may arise, are all live wallpapers created equally? The resources one may consume may not be as high as another, but how can we be sure? XDA member optic76's dual core tablet application can help you monitor the CPU usage coming from your live wallpaper, as...

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